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Mercadito - River North, Chicago, IL
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Mercadito - River North

4.6
4.6
5715 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
We are the city’s top Mexican restaurant for authentic cuisine, specialty tequila and mezcal cocktails, located in the heart of River North. Our culinary team features popular Mexican dishes, including our signature tacos, as well as fresh salsa and guacamole, ceviche, esquites and more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 74 times today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Seafood, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:30 am

  • Phone number

    (312) 329-9555

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Plan your next event at Mercadito! For parties of 8 or more we offer a range of shared dining menus, passed appetizer options, open bar packages, and unique additions to provide a memorable experience for you and your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Cesar Aguilar: (312) 329-9555

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Kinzie between N Clark and N La Salle

  • Parking details

    Valet parking daily after 4 pm

  • Public transit

    Merchandise Mart stops Purple and Brown Line and 156 Bus LaSalle.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Canasta Tasting Menu

    $50.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    In order to provide an elevated and curated experience at Mercadito, we ask that parties of 6 or more order from our sharing tasting menu. This will ensure that all guests eat together and enjoy Mercadito dining at its most essential. If you have any questions please email us at management@mercaditorivernorth.com or call us at 312.329.9555

Popular dishes

What 5,715 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Mexican

  • Chicago

    Mexican

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  1. A

    Alan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good and service was great. Our seat was RIGHT by the door so every time someone entered or exited the restaurant we felt the cold breeze. Other than that it was a great experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The service was kind of rushed. They didn’t wait for you to finish one course before the next one was served
  3. SB

    SethB

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My food and drinks were excellent! Can’t wait to return…
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food. Good service. Manager is rude as hell.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was an excellent restaurant…service was good, food was yummy…however, we all felt very rushed from the moment we sat down. Rushed to order, rushed to eat, rushed to get plates cleared and bill paid…wasn’t a fun relaxing birthday dinner for my daughter.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Everything was great but the music was too loud, it was hard to hear your conversation.
  8. JR

    JoseR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    We went during restaurant week. The food was good , service too, but the noise level was very high, tables close to each other, and the hardest part is to see that 3% extra at the end of the bill without even asking. Of course, that always comes out of the tip and it is sad to see that because there is no dialogue, the staff has to suffer
  9. CR

    CantonRB

    Atlanta

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was good and came out fast during Restaurant Week. Place became really loud and was hard to hear the waiter and other guests in our party. Would recommend if visiting Chicago.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful first experience. Thank you Beatrice and Julian for being wonderful and taking care of us!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best experience that we’ve had so far this year! Yes, I know it’s only January, but this place will be hard to top. Our waitress was on point! The food was on point! The atmosphere was 🔥🔥🔥
  12. KH

    KelseyH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This meal was outstanding, the server walked us through the menu and drink pairings, cannot wait to return!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met up with friends we haven’t seen in a while. Yasmine was an amazing server!
  14. A

    Alexander

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    margs were awful. place was loud in a bad way, food was mediocre at best.
  15. CB

    CynthiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mercadito is always a winner; no matter what time you dine there. I have dined here many times and while initially I was put off by the prices and portions, every one of their meals is worth it. This is my favorite restaurant in River North!
  16. J

    Joel

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good drinks. Shrimp tacos left something to be desired. Carne asada platter made up for the tacos.
  17. m

    maryl

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Too too loud
  18. SP

    SankyPanky

    Indiana

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Margaritas were outstanding. Food was super fresh and had great taste. Definitely a great place.
  19. h

    heyray

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Seated immediately, crowded restaurant, first drink order of sparkling water created a lot of confusion for the server as he constantly tried to top off our sparkling water with still/tap water. But perhaps one shouldn’t order sparkling water at a Mexican restaurant. Old fashioned cocktail was smoke infused and just not worth drinking. Salsa trio was very good but chips were not. Pollo tacos saved the day … delicious. Flan and coffee for dessert … flan was superb … coffee was unavailable… apparently one should not order coffee either. Summary: good food, bad drinks.
  20. DT

    DanielleT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is ideal for Mexican food in the downtown loop
  21. RS

    RobertS

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We called the restaurant four days before New Year’s Eve to understand the New Year’s Eve package. The hostess told us the package started at 7 PM so we made a reservation for 630. Then we showed up and they told us that we were required to do the preset menu. $95 for some tacos and no alcohol included. We ended up leaving and had nowhere to go on New Year’s Eve. Really disappointing that the hostess flat out lied to us.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Food was ok nothing special, overpriced, everything has raw onions yet it doesn’t say on the menu, server was rude when I asked for no raw onions on my food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Guacamole, margaritas, and all good was amazing! Service and everything else also great. Highly recommend
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still one of my absolute favorites!!!!! From the flavorful tacos (pollo, pastor, fish) the ceviche and salsas and the best margarita on the planet “Misty’s Sleeve”. I will continue to come back as long as they are open! 🥰
  25. c

    chefsister

    Nashville

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came here a few times years ago and this place always made me remember it fondly. From the unique salsa and guacamole options to the delicious sides & small tacos, it made for a perfect afternoon in which I was able to share this experience with someone new! And they too enjoyed it greatly. Nothing has diminished in the years since I first came here. Thank you!
  26. FA

    FrancoA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tacos ever (tried the “carne” ones). Nice and friendly service.
  27. GU

    GUILLERMO

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Took our staff out for Christmas late lunch and the staff either was busy talking or just didn’t much care. I don’t know if I ever want to go back. Food was good
  28. CC

    CynthiaC

    Chicago

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has great food and drinks. Drinks are pricey however you are getting better tequila.. :) Great vibe and great music. Highly recommend this place!
  29. DB

    DennisB

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great first time here. Everything was delicious and the atmosphere was great. Had a great server and would definitely go back next time I’m in Chicago.
  30. M

    Momof5

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious, fresh food. Great ambiance and service.
  31. E

    Effty

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there and we loved the food, the drinks and the amazing server we got. Tanya was super friendly and was on point with the food and drink suggestions. We will definitely come back and request her to be our server.
  32. KB

    KathyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Good wasn’t as good as I remember. Service was great!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an AMAZING dinner with Genesis as our server! She went above and beyond to make our anniversary special.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Needed a quick reservation for 6. Looked online and found Mercadito. It was kind of hidden as we drove by but when you enter, what a lively place! Service is amazing and food is very savory. Will return again.
  35. MS

    MarshaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with a little different take.we enjoyed everything we tried!
  36. R

    Rebecca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend this place and will be back! The noise level was perfect. I didn’t feel like bringing my kids disturbed anyone.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    All the food is spicy; I recommend having options of no spicy food for the people that can not eat spicy. the customer service is horrible, and the menu is too small. Very $$$$ for what they serve.
  39. E

    Ezgi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The place overbooked so we waited more than 40 min. (We have a reservation). They forgot our tacos and again we waited more than 40 min. The tables were so close so people can’t hear each others and everyone screamed that’s why it was crazy loud but margaritas and tacos were amazing! It was crazy delicious. Maybe we have to go there early hours.
  40. AC

    ArikaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it !!!great atmosphere, food and service !!!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mercadito - River North does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Mercadito - River North also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 329-9555.

Mercadito - River North is rated 4.6 stars by 5715 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 74 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Mercadito - River North

108 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL 60654

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kinzie between N Clark and N La Salle

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:30 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Seafood, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking daily after 4 pm

  • Public transit

    Merchandise Mart stops Purple and Brown Line and 156 Bus LaSalle.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 329-9555

  • Private party facilities

    Plan your next event at Mercadito! For parties of 8 or more we offer a range of shared dining menus, passed appetizer options, open bar packages, and unique additions to provide a memorable experience for you and your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Cesar Aguilar: (312) 329-9555

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